I was recently blessed to meet a woman who, a few years back, had to take on the responsibility of caring for her aging parents. She told me that being caught in the “middle” had taken it’s toll on her. She was in her late 40s. Her daughter was in high school. Her husband was a prominent attorney. Her parents, however, were in their late 70s. They had been in good health up until her father suffered a stroke and her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Despite having two brothers, the role of caretaker fell to her. She was immediately thrown into the middle of caring for her own “family” and caring for her parents, who could no longer survive on their own. Her father was a proud man and refused to leave his home. Instead, he demanded she come to his home every day with food and to keep him and his wife, her mother, company. With a child and husband of her own this seemed more of a burden than a welcome visit. [Read more...]